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Optilast Eye Drops 8ml
- Effective relief for the eyes with allergy of hay fever
- Treat and prevent eye disorders which you get with hayfever
- Fast acting treatment for allergic conjunctivitis
- Can be used to treat an allergy to substances such as house dust mites or animal hair
- May be taken as a preventive measure before going outside
- Applied for hay fever symptoms suitable for children aged 4 years and above
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Optilast 0.5 mg/ml Eye Drops Solution - Azelastine hydrochloride
Optilast contains the active substance azelastine hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of medicines called antiallergics (antihistamines). Antihistamines work by preventing the effects of substances such as histamine that the body produces as part of an allergic reaction. Azelastine has been shown to reduce inflammation of the eye.
- Optilast can be used to treat and prevent eye disorders which you get with hay fever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children aged 4 years and above.
- Optilast can be used for eye disorders caused by an allergy to substances such as house dust mites or animal hair (perennial allergic conjunctivitis).
- Using these eye drops for symptoms of hay fever suitable for adults and children aged 12 years and above.
- Using these eye drops for symptoms of (non-seasonal) allergy suitable for adults and children aged 4 years and above.
- Optilast is not suitable for treating eye infections
You can order Optilast eye drops online from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. To see if you are suitable for this treatment, complete the online assessment and checkout. Our UK registered doctors will review the order and after approval pass the prescription to the Pharmacy team. We will then dispense and dispatch your order to your chosen address.
A good self care guide and information for hay fever is available on the NHS website.
NHS - Hay fever
What Can You Do To Ease Your Symptoms When The Pollen Count Is High?
- Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- Stay indoors whenever possible
- Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
- Shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off
- Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
- Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
What Is Hay Fever?
Hay fever is a common allergy which is triggered by an allergic reaction to pollen. This allergy is most commonly encountered during pollen season, which is generally in the spring and summer months.
How Do I Cure Hay Fever?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for hay fever. The current approach to treating the allergy is by managing the symptoms it produces via medications such as antihistamine tablets.
When Is Hay Fever Season?
Hay fever season usually runs between late March to September. However there are different types of pollen released over these months, and you may not be allergic to all of them.
You can check the latest pollen forecasts from the UK met office here.
How Do I Treat Hay Fever?
The most common approach to treat hay fever is by taking an antihistamine tablet such as Cetirizine or Loratadine. You can also use eye drops such as Optilast or nasal sprays such as Beconase or Avamys.
Like all medicines this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
These effects include:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- Slight irritation (burning, itching, watering) in the eyes after putting in Optilast. This should not last long.
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- A bitter taste in your mouth. This should quickly disappear especially if you have a soft drink.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
- An allergic reaction (such as rash and itching).
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, our Rightdose pharmacists or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can help to make medicines safer by reporting any side-effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Patient Information Leaflet Optilast 0.5 mg/ml Eye Drops, Solution 8ml
Other medicines and Optilast
Although Optilast is not known to be affected by other medicines, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Your sight may become blurred for a short time after you use Optilast. If this happens, wait until your sight clears before you drive or use machinery.
Optilast contains benzalkonium chloride
This medicine contains 0.00375 mg benzalkonium chloride in each drop which is equivalent to 0.00375 mg/0.03 ml. Benzalkonium chloride may be absorbed by soft contact lenses and may change the colour of the contact lenses. You should remove contact lenses before using this medicine and put them back 15 minutes afterwards.
Benzalkonium chloride may also cause eye irritation, especially if you have dry eyes or disorders of the cornea (the clear layer at the front of the eye). If you feel abnormal eye sensation, stinging or pain in the eye after using this medicine, talk to your doctor.
How to store Optilast
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label and the outer carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- Once opened: Do not use this medicine if the bottle has been open for longer than 4 weeks.
- This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
- Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
How to use Optilast Eye Drops
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Remember: Optilast should only be applied to the eyes.
The recommended dose is
- Eye disorders caused by hayfever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis)
Use in adults and children aged 4 years and above: The usual dose is one drop in each eye in the morning and evening. If you anticipate contact with pollen, the usual dose of Optilast may be taken as a preventive measure before going outside.
The recommended dose is
- Eye disorders caused by an allergy (non-seasonal (perennial) allergic conjunctivitis)
Use in adults and children aged 12 years and above: The usual dose is one drop in each eye in the morning and evening.
- If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may increase your dose to one drop in each eye, up to four times a day.
- Relief of symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis should be noticed after 15-30 minutes.
To help you put in your eye drops correctly, you may find it useful to sit in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing for the first few times.
- Wash your hands.
- Gently wipe around your eyes with a tissue to remove any moisture.
- Unscrew the top of the bottle and check that the dropper is clean.
- Gently pull your lower eyelid down.
- Carefully place the drop inside the middle of your lower eyelid. Take care not to let the dropper touch your eye.
- Release your lower eyelid and gently press on the inner corner of your eye against the bridge of your nose. Keeping your finger pressed against your nose, slowly blink your eyes a few times to spread the drop across the surface of your eye.
- Blot away any excess medicine with a tissue.
- Repeat this for your other eye.
Duration of treatment
If possible, you should use Optilast regularly until your symptoms have disappeared.
Do not take Optilast for more than 6 weeks.
If you use more Optilast than you should
If you put too much Optilast into your eyes you are unlikely to have any problems. If you are worried, contact your doctor.
If you accidentally swallow Optilast, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department as soon as possible.
If you forget to use Optilast
Use your eye drops as soon as you remember, then take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
If you stop using Optilast
If you interrupt the use of Optilast your symptoms are likely to return.
Please see the STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO USING THE NASAL SPRAY on your Patient Information Leaflet.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, or if you have any discomfort using the nasal spray ask your doctor or pharmacist or nurse.
Do not use Optilast:
- hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Optilast:
- if you are not sure whether your eye disorders are caused by an allergy. In particular if only one eye is affected; if your vision is impaired; or the eye hurts and you do not have any symptoms in your nose, you may have an infection rather than an allergy.
- if the complaints worsen or last longer than 48 hours without remarkable improvement despite the use of Optilast.
- if you wear contact lenses.
Children and adolescents
For the treatment of eye disorders caused by hayfever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis):
- Do not give this medicine to children below 4 years of age, because safety and efficacy have not been established.
For the treatment of eye disorders caused by an allergy (non-seasonal (perennial) allergic conjunctivitis):
- Do not give this medicine to children below 12 years of age, because safety and efficacy have not been established.
What Optilast contains
The active substance is azelastine hydrochloride 0.05% (0.5 mg/ml). Each drop contains 0.015 mg azelastine hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, hypromellose, liquid sorbitol (crystallising) (E420i), sodium hydroxide (E524) and water for injections.
What Optilast looks like and contents of the pack
Optilast is a clear, colourless solution.
Optilast comes in a plastic bottle with a dropper attachment. One bottle contains either 6, 8 or 10 ml eye drops, solution.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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